The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, August 01, 1946, Image 2
THURSDAY AFTERNOON, AUGUST 1, 1946
It Mustn’t Happen Here . ..
Is there something in the nature of a state-supported
college that either puts the institution toward the top of the
heap, or toward the bottom—some sort of “all or nothing
The current blacklist of the AAUP puts the finger of
censure on four major institutions, of which three are state
universities. Texas, Missouri and Tennessee. The only major
non-state institution is Pittsburg. Among the “small-fry”
listed as censured are quite a number of state teachers col
leges. Lack of academic freedom and dismissal of teachers
without cause are the charges behind most of the black-list
On the other extreme, we find some state universities
ranked among the best in the country. California is consider
ed one of the three top universities in the country; with
Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin near toward the top. Also
rated well up on the list are North Carolina, Penn State,
Ohio State, Purdue (the land-grant college of Indiana.)
All of which has little to do with A. & M., except for this
thought: This college stands high among the specialized
schools to which it is properly compared. But let us never
forget that a good school can toboggan from the top to the
bottom in a blazing hurry.
It mustn’t happen here!
An Overhaul Needed . . .
It is time that the student-government system in use
at A. & M. be overhauled.
That is a blunt statement, and needs substantial back
ing. But the student council itself, meeting this week for
the first time during the summer session, went on record
as feeling that the present system of student government
does not fulfill its responsibilities for several reasons.
1. Recommendations by the student council are sel
dom acted upon, either positively or negatively. Sugges
tions made after long conference and much thought usual
ly die quietly as they are being processed “through chan
nels”. To veterans that expression “through channels” has
a very dismal sound. In the army and navy, many a good
idea was quietly lost in that well-known process. An idea
that is good should be approved, an idea that is bad should
be openly rejected; an idea that is middling should be re
turned for further consideration.
2. Elections to the student council should be made
directly. At present cadets are elected indirectly—that is to
say, they are elected to offices in the various outfits or
classes and as such sit on the council. At least some of the
cadets on the council should be elected directly.
Veterans are appointed to the council by officers of the
Ex-Servicemen’s Club. This is also a remote way to be rep
If the members of the council themselves feel that more
directly representation is needed, it hardly seems likely that
the student body will disagree.
It is hoped that when the council is reactivated Sept.
11 that it will be able to present a plan for future direct
elections to the body, which is and should be the top rank
ing policy-group of A. & M. students.
Look to Look ...
Following hot on the heels of the first primaries in
Texas, next week “Look” magazine will include an article
titled “Revolt in Texas”. The article in no way endorses
Dr. Homer P. Rainey; however, it does tell in a brief and
concise way how the movement to limit and restrict the
teaching of certain subjects came about in Texas and how
it was primarily directed at Texas University.
The article points out to the people of the United
States how a group of business men, attorneys and the
governor (with no educators included) met and planned the
seizure of Texas education.
Not aimed directly at Texas, Look points out that “un
less schools are protected from the control of special groups
with axes to grind, regimentation can spread throughout
the school systems of America.”
The fault rests not only with those who carry out such
moves but with those of us who permit such moves to be
carried out by the public interest boards. This has been one
of the main issues of the student body at the university.
One of a series of articles on education in America, the
article is not proposed to be a political one but another in
attempt to awaken the people of the United States.
The Batt recently learned and witnessed a very profit
able deal of one of the college activities. It isn’t big in the
sum of dollars and cents but applied to a number of students
could increase the trial balance quite a sum.
A veteran student of civil engineering purchased a
book from the Exchange store. The purchase was an out
right one and not undr the G. I. Bill, as he was not a
student of the course requiring this text. Delving into the
technical pages of the book he decided that he could better
digest this advanced work by signing as a visitor in one
of the classes. He registered through the dean and the reg
istrar, and the Veteran’s Advisor supplied him with a req
uisition for the same text. Returning to the Exchange Store
he was required to sell the original book back to the store
at 80 per cent of the original cost and was then given the
identical book back as a new copy on the G. I. Bill book slip.
The original cost of the book was $5.50. He received
$4.00 on the resale. The exchange store made a profit on the
sale of the book first to the student and then to the govern
ment, plus the $1.10 difference. This one sale should have
paid one salesgirl’s salary for a day at least—maybe more.
Welcome back veteran!
Lord Rutherford’s Career
Told in Fine Biography
Tribute is paid today to all present and former mem
bers of the AAF on this Army Air Force Day.
Office, Room 5, Administration Building, Telephone 4-5444, Texas A. & M. College.
By Wilnora Barton
Among- the books recently re
ceived by the library is a biog
raphy of a famous scientist, Lord
Rutherford of the Cavendish Lab
oratory at Cambridge. The bi
ography was written by his long
time friend, A. S. Eve, formerly
Macdonald Professor of physics
at McGill University.
Long known to the world as a
pioneer in nuclear physics, his
work was not fully appreciated
until the light of recent events
had shown the extreme daring
and value of his untiring labor.
Eves has given us a warm and
human picture of Rutherford, the
man, as well as a true accounting
of his work. “He was no remote
inaccessible being: the students
were his familiars, they were his
friends. He encouraged them in
their difficulties, he was quick to
The book carries the reader
through all the phases of his life
from the days in New Zealand
through his student days at
Cambridge, his teaching at Mc
Gill, the triumph and recognition
when he received the Nobel Lau
reate; his work with the nucleus
and the atom. Then he was given
the Order of Merit and was elected
the President of the Royal Society,
and he was finally made Lord
Rutherford of Nelson.
No student of physics will want
to miss this story of the life of
a very great man, a man whose
boundless faith and constant la
bor helped to open the doors of
physics “to further and more
abundant knowledge.” The title
of this biography typifies the
simplicity of style throughout the
book. It is called simply “Ruther
Ag-g-ies Give Icy
Shoulder to Gals
On College Campus
At least three attractive and
unattached young ladies upon
reading “even co-ed schools are
short of girls these days” in the
July 25 “Batt” declared that be
ing in the minority doesn’t help
when the men are either too bash
ful or too busy to ask for dates.
Could it be that the Aggies shed
their wolf instinct along with
their uniforms or are the single
men so accustomed to seeing the
cute li’l tomatoes convoyed by
two hundred pounds of husband
that they are resigned to the fact
that the situation is hopeless?
Arturo E. Lujan, holder of a
fellowship in sanitary engineer
ing from the Institute on Inter-
American Affairs, Caracas, Vene
zuela, has arrived at Texas A. &
M. College to begin a year of
graduate work in sanitary engin
By W. L.
Recently I read a nice bit of
philosophy in a statement that
said: “Today’s egg is better than
tomorrow’s chicken.” It reminds
us of the many times we miss a
lot of fine little
| things in life be-
| cause we have
| our eyes on
1 something much
.^v. This fall we
will read of
H many promising
; f| football teams
; being tripped up
by an inferior
-4j team because
&'j they were point-
ll| ing for a bigger
game and failed
to give the in-
Penny ferior team much
consideration in preparing for
We all know of folks who
ALL FISH PADDLEFET”
IDEA DRAWS FIRE
In regard to your editorial of
July 25, 1946 we have a few
things to say. We grant you
that A&M has grown to such an
extent that it is quite difficult
to retain the “personal touch,”
One reason that most of the
students attend this institution is
that it is distinctive as to its form
of life and its traditions, which
we are slowly losing.
You speak in your letter of
JTAC and NTAC, and unless we
are mistaken, you will find quite
a bit of difference between the
life of a freshman on this campus,
and of one of any other school,
although the scholastic classifi
cation is the same. We have been
told from the time we hit this
campus that our fish year would
decide whether or not we would
be an Aggie or a so-called two-
You suggest that for the first
year freshmen would all be in
the Infantry division. We gather
from this that the freshmen would
be in outfits with no upperclass
men. Certainly, this Ross College
idea could be carried out without
the freshmen moving to all
freshmen outfits. As you know,
all the traditions and customs
that A&M is built around could
never be carried out under this
According to statistics from a
preceding Battalion, the Corps
was granted room for only 1728.
Do you think this is any larger
than the Corps of preceding
years ? From what we have
heard, they did o.k.
However, we are fairly sure
that this plan could never be
(Signed) Robert M. White, ’49;
Joe B. Reuss, ’49; Robert T. Tay
lor, ’49; Albert G. Metcalf, ’49;
R. E. Tipton, ’48; W. H. Rilat, ’47;
Sam A. Nixon, Jr., ’47; J. H.
Shelander, ’46; Gordon W. Law-
son, ’49; Joe W. Ayesek, ’41.
(Readers White, et al., are un
der a misapprehension. The idea,
as given in the Battalion editorial
last week, was that all freshmen
would go into infantry outfits
WHICH WOULD BE OFFI
CERED BY UPPER-CLASSMEN.
A more valid objection, which has
been made orally, is that such
technical outfits as Chem Warfare,
Signal Corps, etc., would suffer
from lack of freshmen. Ed.)
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PARKING AREAS NEEDED IN
PROJECT HOUSE AREA
Editor of the Battalion:
In the past several weeks there
has been an increasing inclination
for students living in the Project
House Area to park and drive their
cars on the lawns in front of their
homes. It has begun to cause con
siderable comment on the part of
other students living in the same
area and college officials who have
declared that the practice must
stop or the lawns will be ruined
beyond repair. Yet, it should be
understood that parking and driv
ing on the lawns has been moti
vated by the fact that the streets
of this area are narrow and rather
heavily traveled for a residential
It seems that one must either
park his car in the street and
leave it to the mercy of speeding
motorists, or, park on the lawns,
the latter course being chosen by
those who value their cars. If
the college would provide garage
space or designate parking areas
easily accessible to the homes, I
am sure that the practice of park
ing on the lawns would be stopped,
You will find that the people in
this area are eager to preserve the
lawns, if only adequate parking
areas would be provided.
Veteran of ’40.
T-Shirts Will Be Fashionable
Shirt sleeves and “T” shirts
will be the height of fashion at
the performances “H.M.S. Pina
fore” Thursday and Friday of
next week. In order to carry out
the advertisement of 20% cooler
inside, special cooling equipment
will be used in the old assembly
hall for the two-night run of the
Gilbert and Sullivan comic oper
Principals in the production are
Miriam Forman, who will sing the
role of Josephine, Captain Cor
coran’s daughter; Ruth Echols,
Buttercup; Bernyce Jensen, Hebe;
Lloyd Bailey, Sir Joseph Porter;
Harry Doran, Captain Corcoran;
Watson Keeney, Ralph Rackstraw;
Tom Terrell, Dick Deadeye; and
Helmuth Quirem, Boatswain’s
Mate. Mrs. Forman received her
voice training at the Julliard
School of Music and Mrs. Echols
at Columbia University. Bailey,
Doran, Keeney, and Quiriam are
members of the Singing Cadets.
The stylized set that will be
used for the operetta at A & M
departs considerably from the us
ual arrangement seen for this
play. The stage will represent the
bow of an early nineteenth cen
tury English ship, complete with
forecastle, mast, railing, and sails.
Authentic period costumes will
add much to the colorful scene
Today’s audience will find the
music in H.M.S. Pinafore as
charming and brilliant as did the
first nighters in London who
S. E. Post Praises
A. & ,M. Help for
Improved treatment of migra
tory harvest hands is putting ex
tra dollars into the pockets of
Texas farmers and is helping to
dispel the distrust that has long
exisited between Texas and U.
S. citizens of Mexican ancestry,
according to Lewis Nordyke, au
thor of “Texas Cleans Up a Mess,”
in last week’s (July 27th) Satur
day Evening Post.
From 60,000 to 100,000 persons
who live in the Rio Grande Val
ley of Texas, annually follow the
harvest from one end of Texas to
the other, or into the" sugar-beet
and vegetable fields in Colorado,
Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana,
Minnesota and North Dakota.
Without the migration of these
workers, agriculture in this coun
try couldn’t continue at its present
production level, Mr. Nordyke
says. Yet until war demands for
capacity performance in all lines
forced a change, the conditions un
der which these seasional workers
constituted a particularly ugly
blot on the record of Texas.
“In 1944, the Extension Service
of Texas A. & M. College, as a
part of the $7,000,000-a-year, war
time, national farm-labor pro
gram, set out to improve working
conditions and farmer-worker re
lations,” Mr. Nordyke writes.
“Forty-two shelters, or reception
centers, as they are called, were
located at strategic spots on the
labor routes in Texas. Extension
service field men guided the work
ers to places where they were
needed most. Meanwhile, local
county agricultural agents did
missionary work among farmers,
villagers and migrants. The pro
gram, wholly voluntary on the part
of farmers and workers, was
based mainly on the simple idea
of maximum profits for all con
cerned. It has been remarkably
If your mind wanders, figure
out why—A. & M. Handbook. .
In College Station and on the Campus
TRY OUR FAST
Over the Exchange Store
cheered Gilbert and Sullivan’s new
operetta many, many years ago.
The popularity of such songs as
“When I was a Lad,” “Refrain,
Audacious Tar,” “Bell Trio,” and
“Carefully on Tip-Toe Stealing”
attest to the universality of Gil
bert and Sullivan’s musical com
positions. Modern audiences will
find the puns somewhat broad;
but the “patter,” the satire, and
the humor are still amusing.
Tickets for the operetta may
be purchased at the English of
fice in the Academic Building or
from members of the cast. Re
served seats are 60 cents and gen
eral admission, 35 cents. Produc
tion dates are August 8-9 at 8:00
p. m. in the Assembly Hall on the
A. & M. campus.
To Feed 5,200
J. G. Peniston, superintendent of
the dining halls, announces that
he is expecting to feed some 5200
students during the regular school
semester starting this September.
Approximately 1200 cadets and
4000 veterans will make up the stu
dent body that will eat in the col
lege mess halls, Sbisa and Duncan.
Mr. Peniston said that his staff
of cooks and bakers as well as the
table waiters, most of whom will
be aggies, will be kept busy trying
to serve the best of foods to the
Aggies even in these times of hard
to get supplies. Dairy and meat
products will be served as often as
possible until it becomes imprac
ticable to buy them at a price with
in the reach of the students pock-
Any student who normally expects to
complete all the requirements for a de
gree by the end of the 1946 Summer
Session of school should call by the
the 1946 Summer
Registrar’s Office NOW and make form
al application for a degree.
H. L. Heaton, Registrar
VETERANS CHANGING COURSES—
Veterans desiring to change courses must
contact the Veterans Advisor, Administra
tion Building, at least four (4) weeks prior
to the effective date of the change. Vete
rans change of courses.
Bennie A. Zinn,
Those students who have completed the
requirements for admission to the School
the School of
of Veterinary Medicine should apply fo
admission to the School of Veterinary
Medicine on forms to be obtained in the
H. L. HEATON, Registrar.
FOR SALE—1941, 18 foot, steel-bodied.
Vagabond House Trailer. Call 4-5691, or
at 227 Foster, College Hills.
FOR SALE—3 Watterson radios $31.10
and 3 record players $29.35. Jack Mc
Kenzie, F-2 Walton.
phing, drawing. Phone 2-6705, 1007 E.
FOR SALE—Lot 22 in Block 3 in Col-
Size of lot is 60 ft. x 132 ft. Facing south.
Box 2338, College Station.
FOR SALE OR TRADE—1942 Dodge,
Tudor Sedan, good condition, good tires.
Call 2-7273. See at 300 South Houston,
ENGINEERS get your math chart at
the Exchange Store. Notebook size 35^.
Concession owned by W. O. Reese, ’46.
FOR SALE—One Hollywood bed, com
plete. Will furnish delivery. Apply Apt.
C-13-3, Bryan Field Village.
FOR RENT—Bedroom. Single gentle
men preferred. 208 Cooner St., College
House trailer for
sale. Number C-2
LOST—Round Gold Hamilton Wrist
Watch. No wrist band. Reward. Notify
Student Actibities Office.
Will trade Apartment in Dallas for
Apartment in Bryan or College Station.
Carpenter, Walton D-13, Box 3005.
FOR SALE—Sofa bed available August
24 one-half price. Jones 1-12 Hart.
FOR SALE—Two saddle horses and two
English saddles. See B. H. Hartzog, Hart
Hall, Ramp J, Rooms 13-14.
Typewriter for sale $25.00. May be seen
after 7:00 p.m. at Dorm 14, Room 222.
SHOES and BOOTS
Last Longer With Factory Method Repairs
Our experienced repairmen make possible our
College Station Shoe Repair
North Gate Luke Court, Mgr.
GUION HALL THEATER
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worked hard, deprived themselves
of many of the simplest pleasures
and saved so that they could have
something for that “rainy day,”
but the rainy day never came and
in the meantime they had not
learned how to enjoy the simple
pleasures of life so found them
selves very lonely.
My friend Professor W. L.
Hughes contends that we should
all take a little vacation each and
every day, and then we would
never get into a condition where
a long vacation would be neces
sary—I think he has something.
Balance is one of the most im
portant things in life. Surely we
should prepare for the future, but
we can still do that and yet live
well today. Some of the things
we will get a big kick out of to
day will fall flat in a few years.
Yes we can have the egg today
and the chicken tomorrow—if we
learn to keep our life in balance.
On Other Campuses
The universities’ faculty coun
cil has announced inauguration of
new regulations governing stu
dents on probation. The regula
tions, approved by the Board of
Regents, state in effect that any
student displaying continued lack
of progress or effort will be forced
to withdraw for a period of not
less than three semesters.
It was recommended by the
council that any student may be
placed on probation only once be
fore being required to withdraw.
First year students will be re
quired to make at least one C and
second year students must make
at least two C’s.
A new method of scoring will
also be put into effect whereby
grades of D and F will give the
student no grade-points, and A
will give three grade-points, a B
will give two and a C will give
SEEK CAMPUS WIFE
TO TEACH MUSIC
Is there a campus wife with a
musical education who might be
interested in teaching piano les
sons twice a week to children in
Madisonyille ? Mrs. J. B. Heath
of Madisonville is seeking such
a teacher. The position pays a
good salary and will begin in
September with the opening of the
Opens 1:00 p.m.—4-1181
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